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Things to do on Mother's Day in London

We solve all your dilemmas with our winning ideas for things to do on Mother's Day

Andrew McRobb

If you're organising Mothering Sunday this year (Sunday March 6 2016) and racking your brain for things to do on Mother's Day in the capital, be sure to include one of these mum-friendly events in your plans. With selections from the London art exhibitions calendar and our pick of the 100 best shops in London, your mum is most definitely in for a treat.

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Top things to do on Mother's Day


Orchid Festival

Kew Gardens' celebration of the orchid returns for a second year, this time with a colourful carnival theme. A series of carefully designed displays take over the glasshouse exploring the science of the mysterious plants with a focus on Brazilian hybrids. 

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Kew Gardens , Kew Until Sunday March 6 2016

Betty Woodman

Critics' choice

The ICA is giving Betty Woodman her first UK show. The US sculptor has worked with clay since the 1950s – long before the current vogue for art-ceramics – to create jazzy mixed-media pieces that combine ceramics and painting techniques. Concentrating on work produced over the past decade, this show will fill the ICA galleries with Woodman's unabashedly decorative, celebratory work.

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ICA , St James' Tuesday February 9 2016 - Sunday April 10 2016

Hackney Record Fair

Hackney Record Fair is the latest venture from the gang behind the monthly Hackney Flea Market, and promises a chance for indie types to get hold of rare vinyl and made-with-love fanzines. Labels and dealers on board include Heavenly Records, Shacklewell Arms Black Wax Record Shack, Odd Box Records, Audio Gold and Eldica Records. 

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EPIC Dalston , Stoke Newington Sunday March 6 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

This landmark exhibition celebrates 100 years of the fashion bible British Vogue, which launched in 1916 amid WWI, when American Vogue couldn't ship to the UK. Featuring early original magazines, vintage prints and Condé Nast archival material, the show, curated by Robin Muir, is a stylish feast for the eyes. So get ready to strike a pose.

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National Portrait Gallery , Leicester Square Thursday February 11 2016 - Sunday May 22 2016

Magical Lantern Festival

Over 50 giant hand-sculpted lanterns will be on display in Chiswick House and Gardens, including a 60 metre-long dragon stretched out across the lake. Life-sized flamingos, zebras, kangaroos and elephants will reside in the Animal Kingdom and the Enchanted Forest will boast ginormous glowing mushrooms, plants and flowers. 

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Chiswick House and Gardens , Chiswick Tuesday February 9 2016 - Sunday March 6 2016

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Critics' choice

The Royal Academy’s spring blockbuster will appeal to the green finger in all of us, whether it’s tending to your windowsill box, mini London plot or weekend allotment. Blooming with over 120 works by Monet and his contemporaries, this show reveals the garden to be a site of creative stimulus and a means to critique the unsettled period.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Until Wednesday April 20 2016

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Now in its fifty-first year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers. The overall winner of this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year is amateur photographer Don Gutoski for his beautiful and rather bloody 'Tale of two foxes', taken in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday April 10 2016

Chatsworth Road Market

The market that spawned Sir Alan Sugar’s business success via a shampoo stall, Chatsworth Road has reopened its stalls after dwindling trader numbers forced the market to close its doors in the 1990’s. Flash-forward over ten years later and the market is back with 40 stalls a week offering up vintage children’s wear, ethical clothing, original paintings and more. 

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Chatsworth Road Market , Lea Bridge Sunday February 14 2016 - Sunday July 5 2020

Sunday UpMarket

Vying for attention in the market heavy Brick Lane, though frankly the biggest draw by far, is the Sunday UpMarket in the Old Truman Brewery. Here, you’ll find a buzzing mishmash of mopey students, bona fide locals and edgy attention seekers riffling through vintage stalls, quirky crafts by up-and-coming designers and stacks of old vinyl.

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Sunday UpMarket , Brick Lane Sunday February 14 2016 - Sunday July 5 2020

Lee Miller: A Woman's War

Critics' choice

It wasn’t until Lee Miller’s death in 1977 that her son Anthony Penrose discovered the role his mother had played in documenting World War II. Forgotten in the attic was Miller’s archive of negatives. A selection of her photographs exploring the role of women in the lead-up to, during and after World War II is exhibited in a remarkable display here.

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Imperial War Museum , Kennington Until Sunday April 24 2016

And don't forget the tea and cake

Afternoon tea in London

Oriental teas and French patisserie – the post-lunch, pre-dinner treat is a British institution

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Fleur F
Fleur F

Shocked by you view of mothers and therefore woman in general.  flowers, tea and homeware. really!??????


what happens if you dont have that much money. you carnt just go to london for free.

Ley Holloway
Ley Holloway

Old fashioned view of Mum, I'm a Mum and Grandma, my choice would have been the Ice Age art exhibition at the British Museum.